At Runft & Steele we are committed to providing our clients the highest quality representation at affordable rates. Our firm combines the personalized, hands-on attention of a small firm with the depth of experience of a much larger practice. The result is responsive, professional and cost effective representation of each client.

The law firm’s founding partners, John Runft and Jon Steele, have over 85 years of combined practice experience and have been repeatedly recognized among Idaho’s leading practitioners.

We provide a wide-range of legal solutions for business clients, ranging from small limited liability companies to larger corporate clients on a variety of business law matters including, planning, organization, development, management, project development, labor and employment, and mergers and acquisitions.

We also emphasize civil trial and appellate practices in state and federal courts throughout the state of Idaho. Our extensive trial and litigation experience encompasses prosecuting and defending a variety of claims on behalf of clients including personal injury, worker’s compensation, products liability, contracts, environmental compliance, water issues, mining, consumer protection and debtor defense, secured transactions, real estate, constitutional law, copyright litigation, and natural resources disputes.

If you seek legal assistance, please feel free to contact us to discuss your potential case.


Runft & Steele believes that our reward is based on our results and not our efforts.

Hourly: At the initial consultation, an hourly fee will be discussed between the client and the attorney. Every month, the client will be billed for the hours spent by the attorney plus costs incurred during that month.

Contingent Fee: In certain cases, we negotiate a contingency fee for clients that are unable to pay for their litigation on a monthly basis. With a contingency fee agreement, a negotiated portion of any settlement pays for fees incurred by Runft & Steele. Costs that Runft & Steele have accrued during the litigation process will then be deducted from the remaining portion of the settlement. The amount after all these costs and fees are deducted will be the payment to the client.

Other Fees Arrangements:

Flat Fee (the most common alternative) – but make sure you know what your costs will be to deliver your services;

Variations on Contingency Fee – not restricted to personal injury cases;

Blended Fees – such as flat fees for certain deliverables, and a success fee, and;

Budgeted Fees – commonly used in litigation, and often with conditions if budget is exceeded.


  • Admin Law
  • ADR
  • Appeals – Appellate Law
  • Business Organizations
    • Business formation
    • Business succession planning
    • Corporate, shareholder, and partnership disputes
    • Director and officer liability
    • Dissolution
    • Divestitures
    • Entity Formation
    • Franchising
    • Insurance
    • Incorporations
    • Limited liability corporations (LLCs)
    • Limited liability partnerships (LLPs)
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Nonprofit organizations and associations
    • Partnerships
    • Reorganization
    • Restructuring
    • Shareholder rights
  • Business and Commercial Law
    • Business and commercial litigation
    • Consumer protection
    • Contracts and commercial transactions
    • Corporate, shareholder, and partnership disputes
    • Covenants not to compete
    • Director and officer liability
    • Employment issues
    • Fiduciary duties
    • Franchising regulation and transactions
    • Insurance bad faith claims
    • Insurance coverage and claims litigation
    • Intellectual property litigation
    • Landlord – tenant
    • Leases
    • Libel and slander
    • Licensing
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Real estate
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Securities
    • Trade secrets
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Risk Management
  • Real Estate
    • Acquisition and Disposition
    • Commercial and Retail Leasing
    • Contract Negotiation and Drafting
    • Conveyances
    • Financial Workouts
    • Land Use and Development
    • Leasing
    • Mortgages
    • Zoning
  • Torts
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Labor / Employment
  • Copyright / Intellectual Property
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Insurance / Bad Faith
  • Land Use
  • Litigation
  • Securities
  • Class Actions